LATEST INFORMATION 28th February 2020

In light of the number of objections to the Public Path Stopping Up Order under Section 257 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 GCC will be submitting the Order to the Secretary of State for Environment for confirmation. The Secretary of State appoints the Planning Inspectorate to consider the proposals and the objections and their decision will be made in due course. It is likely that a public inquiry will be held and all those who have made a representation will be contacted by the Planning Inspector. Attached is a document, produced by the Planning Inspectorate, entitled "Guidance on procedures for considering objections to DEFINITIVE MAP AND PUBLIC PATH ORDERS in England" which you may find useful.

Older information

The Parish Council has sent a letter to those residents in the Parish who live in Farm Lane and adjacent roads to make sure that you are aware of the proposal. The letter is in the document section below.

The Parish Council believes that the managerial convenience of Balcarras School cannot be sufficient grounds to permit this footpath closure and has consequently submitted a strong objection to this proposal. However it does depend primarily on how strongly local residents feel about this. So if you do object to the closure it is very important to respond by the closing date which is 9th January. You can either write to The Principal Public Rights of Way Officer, Gloucestershire County Council, Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester GL12TG or email Martine.Tyler3@gloucestershire.gov.uk or use the contact form on the Parish Council website www.leckhamptonwithwardenhill-pc.gov.uk/contact-us.html. We will collate any responses received and send them to GCC.

You can also use this form if you just want to be kept informed of the Parish Council's wider concerns such as the new senior school proposals. GCC has still not responded on the very big issue of how much the school could worsen the morning traffic queues on the A46 and in Church Road.

Notice for the above order was published in the Gloucestershire Echo on Thursday 12th December 2019 and notices posted on site on the same day where they shall remain for 28 days. Representations or objections should be submitted in writing to the Principal Public Rights of Way Officer, Gloucestershire County Council, Shire Hall. Westgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2TG and should be received by the 9th January 2020.

This application is to stop up the whole length of path CHL 9. Stopping up just the length within the boundaries of the new school site would create a cul-de-sac path extending from path CHL 10 to the school boundary. There are no feasible options to divert the footpath within the boundaries of the school site due to its compact nature. Diverting the footpath offsite on to adjacent land would require the consent of this landowner, which has not been given. There is an alternative parallel path, CHL 8, 170 metres south of footpath CHL 9.